I’m a big time waster. I try to be organized and get the max amount of work done in the least amount of time, but it rarely works out that way. I think i’ve been pretty successful with the launch of this blog, but i feel like i could have increased my income and gotten more traffic if i avoided some of my time wasting activities. If i don’t waste time, i know that i can make more money with this blog. These are some of my biggest time wasters.
Checking Stats. I don’t know why, but i can’t help myself from logging into google analytics and awestats like every 2 hours when i’m online. Even when i’m not working on my blog, i’ll find myself checking my stats. It’s fun to see the traffic stats, but it really doesn’t do much to obsessively check it. Try to cut down on the time you repeatedly look over your stats. Reviewing your stats to optimize your marketing techniques is one thing, but to keep looking at it, can be counter productive. Too bad it’s super fun to do.
Checking comments. The greatest thing about blogging is the interaction you have with your readers. Some comments aren’t very useful, but you’ll find some that really inspire you. Some people will be really supportive and encouraging and witty in the comments. This makes you want to blog harder and longer. But obsessively checking your comments is a big time waster. You’re not going to get more comments by constantly checking it right? Try to limit this highly addictive time waster.
Not having draft posts. This is a big time waster cause it’s stressful and time consuming to write on the fly. If you do paid posting, you’ll find it difficult to balance filler posts that are good in between your paid plugs. Having quality draft posts ready will remedy this time wasting issue. Some days you can dish out like 10 good posts. Take advantage of those days and fill up your admin with posts that can be published with a click of a button. Don’t stress and waste time trying to think of a new post to write.
Putting things off until the last min. This isn’t just a time waster. It’s an income drainer. Even tho my blog isn’t very professional, i still supplement some of my income with this little blog. Hell, i can pay my car payments and pay for my business trips to LA. I might even be able to pay for my honeymoon with bloggernoob money. That’s why i have to treat this blog like a business. If i put things off, i know my traffic and income will suffer. Don’t delay those emails. Don’t put off on that new affiliate campaign. Don’t put off on your paid plugs. Those ideas you jotted down on your note pad, don’t just leave them there. Use them. If you know that you’ve exhausted your current traffic and income source, then get off your ass and find new ones.
Kissing ass. Kissing ass is a big time waster. It doesn’t do much either. It’s better to kick ass, not kiss ass. I’m still a noob but sometimes people try to kiss my ass. It’s fun in the beginning, but after a while, it gets pretty annoying. Instead of kissing the ass of other bloggers, why not spend some time working on your blog. Networking is important in the blogging game, but be careful that you don’t cross the ass kissing line. Don’t keep writing to the same bloggers requesting freebies. I’m more then willing to help out a fellow noob, but when you keep asking me the same questions and cracking corny jokes, it gets pretty lame. Try to have something new or interesting to say before you shoot that email.